Eddie Higgins Quintet – It’s Magic (2007) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 82:21 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,31 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 3,25 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 953 MB
Through his numerous albums released from Venus Records, Eddie Higgins has firmly established his position as one of the most celebrated jazz pianists in Japan. For this album, which was released in 2007 in its original form, Higgins was paired with two veteran horn players who share his mature, straight-ahead sensibilities: Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski.
Eddie Higgins has been an active jazz musician since the late ’50s, though he has developed an especially strong following in Japan, resulting in numerous opportunities to record for Japanese jazz labels. This single-disc set features the bandleader with tenor saxophonists Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski, along with bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Ben Riley. The primary focus is on slow, lush interpretations of ballads, with Hamilton having more of a straight-ahead approach when compared to Peplowski’s more personal, conversational style. Exceptions include the snappy, swinging take of “I Never Knew,” a breezy arrangement with Peplowski’s gritty solo taking top honors, and the driving explorations of “Autumn Leaves.” Peplowski switches to clarinet for part of the session, especially the gorgeous take of “Mood Indigo.” Throughout the date, Higgins’ engaging piano seems effortless, as the songs have likely long been a part of his repertoire.
01. It’s Magic
02. Ghost Of A Chance
03. I Got It Bad
04. Mood Indigo
05. I Never Knew
06. Autumn Leaves I
08. A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
09. I’ll Never Be The Same
10. The Touch Of Your Lips
11. Autumn Leaves II
12. Round Midnight
13. I’ll Close My Eyes
Eddie Higgins – piano
Scott Hamilton – tenor sax
Ken Peplowski – tenor sax & clarinet
Jay leohart – bass
Ben Riley – drums
Produced Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Katherine Miller.
Recorded on October 18, 2006 at “The Studio” in New York.
Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-51.
Ripped direct and unretouched using Pioneer BDP-80FD, Sonore ISO2DSD, and sacd_extract.